Sea Acceptance Trials

The future USS ST LOUIS completed acceptance trials in Lake Michigan on Dec. 16, 2019. The ship will undergo final outfitting and fine-tuning before delivery to the Navy in early 2020.

The LCS-19, the tenth Freedom-variant ship designed by Lockheed Martin, was built by Fincantieri Marinette Marine. The LCS network delivers advanced capability in anti-submarine, surface and mine countermeasure missions, and is easily adapted to serve future and evolving missions. According to Lockheed Martin, the LCS ships have these characteristics:

  • Flexibility: Forty percent of the hull is easily reconfigurable, able to integrate Longbow Hellfire Missiles, 30 mm guns, and manned and unmanned vehicles designed to meet a variety of missions now and in the future.
  • Lethal: Standard equipment includes Rolling Airframe Missiles and a Mark 110 gun, capable of firing 220 rounds per minute.
  • Speed: LCS is capable of speeds in excess of 40 knots.
  • Automated: LCS has the most efficient staffing model of any combat ship.

“As each Freedom-variant hull deploys, we seek out and incorporate fleet feedback and lessons learned to roll in capabilities for the new hulls,” said Joe DePietro, Lockheed Martin Vice President and general manager, Small Combatants and Ship Systems. “As a result, LCS-19 includes a solid-state radar, upgraded communications suite, increased self-defense capabilities and topside optimization, among other updates.”